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Comment Re:As an amateur radio operator AND a pilot... (Score 1) 300

Instead of copying and pasting the FAA's words, would you like to demonstrate where in our legal system it has been determined that the FAA controls from the ground up?

I'd also like to point out that the FAA does not control Class G airspace: it is defined by the FAA's own media as uncontrolled ( The FAA may place rules upon flight in the area (such as remaining 500' away from any person, vessel, or vehicle in non-congested areas, per FAR Part 91.119), but it is uncontrolled.

Comment Re:As an amateur radio operator AND a pilot... (Score 1) 300

The FAA would certainly like everyone to believe so. Some would disagree.

"The Court divides the airspace over the
United States into two zones. The upper zone is called navigable airspace.
Congress has defined it, "as airspace above minimum safe altitudes
of flight prescribed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority...,,22
In this upper zone the rights of the federal government are so complete
that this navigable airspace, according to the Court's opinion, is
"within the public domain."

  In Swetland v. Curtiss Airports Corp's, the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit stated:
"He (the landowner) has a dominant right of occupancy for
purposes incident to his use and enjoyment of the surface....
We can not fix a definite and unvarying height below which
the surface owner may reasonably expect to occupy the airspace
for himself. That height is to be determined upon the
particular facts in each case."

In United States v.Causby, the military was granted an easement by the government, which met the military's need for transitioning the airspace over the Causby property. In exchange for the easement, Causby was granted $2,000, which the Supreme Court had found to be the value of the easement, as well as the chickens rendered lifeless by the overflights.

If the FAA would like to control the airspace over my head, then I would be more than happy to grant them an easement; I also expect to be granted the value of the easement: the retail value of the radio control model aircraft & related equipment, which I may no longer enjoy unencumbered by the FAA's rulings.

Comment Re: License Plates and registrations ... (Score 2) 223

FAR Part 103.7: Certification and registration.

        (a) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to certification of
                aircraft or their parts or equipment, ultralight vehicles and their
                component parts and equipment are not required to meet the airworthiness
                certification standards specified for aircraft or to have certificates
                of airworthiness.
        (b) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to airman certification,
                operators of ultralight vehicles are not required to meet any aeronautical
                knowledge, age, or experience requirements to operate those vehicles or to
                have airman or medical certificates.
        (c) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to registration and
                marking of aircraft, ultralight vehicles are not required to be registered
                or to bear markings of any type.

Comment FiOS (Score 1) 199

I have fiber on the pole next to the house. Haven't meaured it, but going off a rough eye... 30 feet away from the house. When they were working on the line, I walked up to the Verizon lineman and asked him if it was fiber optic. He acknowledged it, then stated he wouldn't be able to tell me what it was for. GE has two facilities nearby, as well as Environmental One and SI's headquarters.

VZ still won't gives us FiOS here. I'm not bitter, really I'm not.

Comment Re: Seriously? (Score 1) 110

The poster above was able to link to AC 91-57, which does "outline, and encourage voluntary compliance with" some safety guidelines. I'd hardly consider that to be regulations and rules worthy of files and punishment should they be broken.

That said, those rules you mentioned are a good practice; but they are not codified as such.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Informative) 110

The only "rules" I've ever heard of are the safety guidelines put in place by the Academy of Model Aeronautics: Better follow those guiidelines if you're a member, so you'll be covered by their liability insurance: Then it's "not your ass".

Even your referenced link points to "Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012)": Did you catch the date on that? Unless you're ten, I would call three years a "very long time." The majority of points listed in your post are not contained within SEC. 336. The only one that is valid is flying a model aircraft within five miles of an airport... and even that can be done, when " the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation"

You're spreading incorrect information.

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